Henry Wydeven, Director
Henry is one of two supply management representatives on the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) board. He was elected to the board in 2019.
Henry and his wife, Wilma, have three children, and seven grandchildren. They milk 125 cows and run 350 acres with their son, Kevin, and his wife, Katie. While Henry and his wife are semi-retired and live off the farm, they still play an active role in the operation.
Off the farm, Henry has been an active member of a number of different organizations. Since 2014, he has represented Huron and Perth county milk producers on the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) board. In addition to his role as a DFO board member, he also chairs DFO’s Transportation Committee, and Organic Producers Advisory Committee, and serves on the Research and Development Committee, Markets and Allocations Committee, and the Stray Voltage Working Group.
Prior to serving on the DFO board, he was chair of the Perth County Dairy Committee, and has been involved with the board at Quadro Communications Telephone Co-operative and the branch council at Libro Credit Union Stratford branch.
Being involved in the dairy industry for 35 years has been very rewarding for Henry and his family. He believes it is important to take on leadership roles within the industry to ensure both dairy, and the broader agri-food sector, continue to stay strong for the future generations of Ontario farmers.
We have asked a few questions to learn more about Henry, click here to read his responses:
- What do you enjoy most about being on the AAC board?
- Why do you feel it’s important to give back to the community/industry and take on leadership positions with different boards?
- With your grandchildren, you now have the fourth generation on the farm. What advice do you have for others transitioning their operation to the next generation?
- Dairy farmers across Canada are leaders in producing milk. What actions is your family taking on your own farm operation to ensure consumers are receiving safe and high-quality milk?
- What is your favourite Ontario food product to enjoy when it’s in season?
- AAC is turning 25 this year, what the major changes you have seen on your dairy operation since 1995?